Albert Stanley GILKS

GILKS, Albert Stanley

Service Number: 1647
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wanstead, England, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmhand
Memorials: Campbelltown WW1 Memorial, Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

9 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1647, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1647, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Lance Sergeant, SN 1647, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

The son of Ester Susana Gilks of Middlesex, England, Albert had emigrated to Australia and was working in the Port Broughton area as a farmhand. Born in Wanstead, England, he was 24 years old when he enlisted on 6 April 1916. Posted to 1st Reinforcements 43 Battalion he embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT A19 “Afric’ on 9 June 1916 and disembarked at Southampton on 24 July. In England he was transferred to 27 Battalion, proceeded overseas to France and was then taken on strength of 27 Battalion in Belgium. Only a month later he developed laryngitis and was invalided back to England.

Albert never returned to the front but in January 1917 was transferred to No.2 Command Depot. Eventually he became a member of the Permanent Cadre. He returned to Australia aboard HMAT A9 “Shropshire” which sailed from England on 1 April 1919 and docked in Adelaide on 13 March. Albert was discharged on 28 June 1919.